Tamang villages and Yak Trial Trek

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  • Destination:Nepal
  • Total Duration:10 Days
  • Trekking Duration:10 Days
  • Trip Grade:Moderate

Trip Overview

A delightful short trekking holiday into the heart of a traditional rural community. This Tamang villages and Yak Trial Trek trek in the Langtang National park is designed for those who enjoy walking through beautiful scenery but who also want to spend time amongst the local people.

Away from the main trekking routes, we walk through terraced fields and verdant valleys in the beautiful Langtang National Park. Centered in Bridim, a mountain village steeped in Tibetan culture and traditions, where you are assured of the warmest of welcomes in Tamang villages and Yak Trial Trek. Staying in simple yet comfortable village houses, you spend time here getting to know the local people and have the opportunity to share in their daily activities and regular festivities.

Hike up to Godekang (3200 m) in a little plateau where you camp for a night will give you the real experience of being high in the Himalayas. The trek gives a genuine insight into traditional rural life of Nepal.

Outline Itinerary

  • DAY 1 – ARRIVE KATHMANDU (1,370mt).
  • DAY 2 – DRIVE KATHMANDU –BRIDIM (2,195m). 7-8 hours drive.
  • Day 3 – Explore Bridim.
  • DAY 4 – TREK TO GODEKANG (3270m), 4- 5 hours walk.
  • DAY 5 – RETURN TO BRIDIM (2,195m), 2-3 hours walk. Prayer flag hanging in the morning..
  • DAY 6 – TREK TO THUMAN (2,400m). 5 hrs walk
  • DAY 7 – TREK TO NAGATHALI (3,100m). 3-4 hrs walk
  • DAY 8 – TREK DOWN TO SYABRUBESI. 5-6 hrs walk

Detail Itinerary

On arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will greet and meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with cultural show. (Meals: D)

Drive by 4x4 from Kathmandu. This drive takes you up through the beautiful Himalayan foothills and through villages occupied by different ethnicities including Brahmin Nepalis, Tamang (Tibetan related) and finally the Kerung Tibetans with whom you will spend most of your adventure. You will settle into your accommodation. Your accommodation will be simple but comfortable. Bedrooms have twin beds with sheets, pillows and blankets. There are solar heated showers with Nepali style toilets close to the houses. In front of the guest house is a pretty stone walled garden with table and chairs, with fabulous views. Overnight Village Tea House. (Meals: B, L, D)

After a comfortable night's sleep, today you will get to know Bridim. The village was settled by Tibetans from Kyirong several hundred years ago. Most houses are built on traditional patterns, and it is fascinating to observe the traditional way of life. Changes are coming to Bridim – there are now electric power lines, and there is a health post. The gompa is the centre of village life. As you walk around the village, you are sure to be invited into houses that you pass. (Meals: B, L, D)

Today you will walk up to the summer pastures used by the people of Bridim. The path leads up through the village and past the old gompa, tucked into the hillside and reportedly visited by Guru Rimpoche. The path climbs gradually through forests of bamboo and rhododendron to reach an outcrop of rock covered in prayer flags. The route gradually becomes steeper and the forest thicker, with many huge old trees. It is quite an effort at this point, but very well worth it as you suddenly emerge onto the yak pastures and to fabulous views of big snowy mountains all around, including the Ganesh range, Langtang 2 and many peaks in Tibet. After a picnic lunch those with energy can walk a little further uphill towards Pangsang. It is recommended that it will be better for acclimatization. In the evening there may well be singing and dancing around the campfire. Camp overnight. (Meals: B, L, D)
Camping; Two person tents, toilet and mess tents are provided, plus staff to do all camp work.

It is well worth getting up early to take in the stunning mountain views.
After breakfast you descend to Bridim and a welcome shower. Depending on your interests, you may have the chance to visit the local mill, try your hand at weaving or help brew the local drink, Ara. There will be a Tibetan cultural show in the evening.
Overnight Village Tea House. (Meals: B, L, D)

Thuman is situated right across the valley from Bridim, but it is a reasonably strenuous walk to get there. After saying farewell to the people of Bridim you descend through the lower fields belonging to the village, and cross a river to reach a small hamlet and then descend to the larger village of Ling Ling. You then cross the Bhoti Kosiriver and start your climb up to Thuman. There are views up the river valley to Tibet and you will appreciate stopping to look at them several times as you climb uphill. Thuman is a large village, with a small hydro project that produces electricity for lighting. Accomodation in tea house. (Meals: B, L, D)

It is a great walk today, initially through the large fields of Thuman. After an hour or so you reach the forest and open areas where yak herders camp. The path is very well graded and you should reach Nagathali and your campsite by lunchtime. Nagathali is a large grassy plateau, situated on top of a ridge, with fabulous views of Tibet and big snowy mountains. You may be able to go into the ancient gompa. In the afternoon you can walk further up the ridge for more amazing views. Again, it is worth getting up early to enjoy the fabulous views from this campsite.
Accomodation in tea house. (Meals: B, L, D)

The descent from Nagathali goes through the small hamlets of Pajung and contours down and around the hillsides to reach the BhoteKosi valley again, before walking for 20 minutes down the road to SyabruBesi. Overnight guest house. (Meals: B, L, D)

You will drive back to Kathmandu and In the evening there will be a farewell dinner in a restaurant. (Meals; B, L, D)

You will be driven to the international airport for the departure to your next destination.

" Dolma Treks covered all aspects of my dream trip: hotels, logistics, food, permits.
Tsering Lama is a very seasoned trip organizer and guide that knows the way things work locally, which means a hassle-free, pure joy adventure. I have traveled to Nepal 5 times so far, always with Dolma Treks. Have done a bit of everything: culture, trekking, yoga retreat, educational visits, rescue visits (Earthquake 2015). I have been solo, with friends, and even with my young son since he was 7. Everything was perfect, every single time.

I loved every second of my trips to Nepal and I simply can't wait to be back" 

M/s C. Kasper,

I would just like to say that our trekking holiday in Langtang National Park & our Bridim homestay with Tsering Lama and his wonderful porters "Lale and Mingmar" was the most memorable, amazing holiday I have ever experienced. The guidance and support given were just so great. My wish is that my Aussie friends join a trek with Dolma Tours one day to experience this amazing country of Nepal. Thank you, Tsering. Your Aussie friends, Tania, Steve & Jesse Pitt

Tania,Steve & Jesse Pitt,

I recently went on Tsering's 17-day tour of Nepal, in Oct/Nov 2013.
Tsering is an exceptional tour leader, very organized and a welcoming host. 
He paid much attention to detail both in the planning of the itinerary and throughout the course of the trip.  Right from the beginning, the pre-departure information was excellent and I felt very well-prepared.  Any questions I had about the trekking were answered promptly by email.
Tsering's itinerary has a lovely variety of places to visit: in Kathmandu, trekking in the Annapurna mountains, visiting the Chitwan National Park, and a stunning flight over Mount Everest.  On our trek, the porters were very helpful, friendly and spoke a little English.
Tsering was always professional and timely. We were also given great insight into the generosity of the Nepali people by being invited into his family home.
Heartfelt thanks again from me for a wonderful trip!

Mrs. M. Barnett,
Auckland, NZ

We joined one of Tsering's trips to Annapurna and Chitwan in October 2013, where Tsering warmly welcomed us at the airport and confidently and efficiently organized everything for us from the moment we arrived until our departure 17 days later, making the entire trip extremely relaxing and enjoyable.
His guidance with local customs and his ability to communicate clearly in English was invaluable in ensuring we were completely informed at all times of our programme.  His command of local languages meant we were afforded the best treatment at the local hotels, lodges, and restaurants throughout our trip.
The trip was a wonderful balanced mix of the frantic bustle of Kathmandu, the grandeur of the Annapurna mountains, and the thrill of the Chitwan jungle, all complemented by a style of travel that exposes you to, and allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture to the extent you are personally willing and comfortable with.
The local guides Tsering organized were very competent and knowledgeable, giving us a great opportunity to absorb, understand and appreciate the breadth and depth of Nepal's history and the many cultures that make up its friendly people. Tsering gave us a marvelous insight into the recent history and of current events that gave us a wonderful context and appreciation of what makes the nation of Nepal what it is today and influences its future.
For the trek, Tsering organized a friendly team of local porters and guides who worked so hard carrying our gear over the often steep terrain of the mountains. Special mention goes to our lead guide Lale, who ensured the trek was perfectly paced to match the abilities of our relatively senior group. The guides and porters always had a friendly and smiling disposition, and we had a marvelous party with them on our last night, sharing cultural song and dance.
Tsering is generous of both time and nature, we were privileged to meet his family, and we particularly enjoyed the company of his enchanting 11yo son Jigme on our trip, and of his young friend Amod.
I would unreservedly recommend Tsering as a guide to anyone travelling to Nepal who is wanting to get to know this intriguing and beautiful country and its friendly people, and who enjoys knowing everything is confidently organized for you in a relaxed and efficient manner by a knowledgeable local who is a marvelous ambassador for his people and his country.
Thank you, Tsering, I sincerely hope we have the opportunity to visit Nepal again someday and enjoy your friendly and proficient service.

Mr. G. Clark,
Auckland NZ

Tsering and his trekking company were brought to my attention by my daughter who had trekked with friends in Nepal. That trip was led by Tsering who was already known to one of the group. This group so recommended Tsering, that my wife and I decided upon a trekking tour under his guidance.
We were not any stage disappointed. Tsering contacted us and after considering age, fitness and wishes, designed what he thought was an appropriate tour. He emailed a comprehensive programme with some beautiful pictures and suggested dates. We arranged the flights to and from Kathmandu and brought in a couple of friends.
From our arrival until our departure, every detail was arranged. All accommodation, transport guides, porters, and dining was minutely cared for leaving us the freedom to simply enjoy ourselves. The team he engaged were known to him and endlessly strived to assist. Friendliness and honesty were so obvious.
Westerners are usually apprehensive about local cooking and food hygiene. Tsering always stationed one of the porters in the kitchens of the tea houses to oversee the cleanliness of food preparation. Some of his team are also chefs. It is a matter of pride for him that virtually all his tourists complete their trips without gastric upset.
Tsering is very kind, caring and attentive to detail. He is great fun, has a keen political insight as well as concern for the education of his young countrymen. He is honest and generous to a fault - as are his lovely family whom we met. We also enjoyed their hospitality.
If we return to Nepal there is absolutely no doubt we would ask Tsering to undertake our planning and if possible accompany us. He was faultless and thus I have no hesitation in recommending his company to your favorable attention.

Mr. & Mrs. Peters from Poole,
Poole, UK

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